The Basic Rule of Interpretation – G. N. H. Peters

[I]f God has really intended to make known His will to man, it follows that to secure knowledge on our part, He must convey His truth to us in accordance with the well-known rules of language.  He must adapt Himself to our mode of communicating thought and ideas.  If His words were given to be understood, it follows that He must have employed language to convey the sense intended, agreeably to the laws grammatically expressed, controlling all language; and that, instead f seeking a sense which the words in themselves do not contain, we are primarily to obtain the sense that the words obviously embrace, making due allowance for the existence of figures of speech when indicated by the context, scope or construction of the passage. – George N. H. Peters, The Theocratic Kingdom, 1.47.

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